Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “steal”

See all translations

steal

verb [I/T]  /stil/ ( past tense stole  /stoʊl/, past participle stolen  /ˈstoʊ·lən/) us  

steal verb [I/T] (TAKE AWAY)

to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner and keep it or use it: [T] They broke into cars to steal the radios. [T] He never paid me back, so basically he ended up stealing a hundred dollars from me. To steal is also to do something quickly while trying not to be seen doing it: [I always + adv/prep] to steal out of a room [T] She stole a glance at her watch.

steal

noun [C]  /stil/ infml us  

steal noun [C] (CHEAP ITEM)

something obtained at a much lower price than its true value: At half the original price, that designer dress is a steal.
Translations of “steal”
in Korean 훔치다…
in Arabic يَسْرِق…
in French voler, dérober, aller furtivement…
in Turkish çalmak, aşırmak, yürütmek…
in Italian rubare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拿, 偷,竊…
in Russian красть…
in Polish kraść, ukraść…
in Spanish robar, lanzar una mirada, retirarse ( habitación…
in Portuguese roubar, furtar…
in German stehlen, verstohlen, sich stehlen…
in Catalan robar…
in Japanese ~を盗む…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拿, 偷,窃…
(Definition of steal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of steal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “steal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More